Letter to the editorTo the Editor:
I lost a friend on Tuesday when Arthur Bierman died and Boulder lost an honorable man with the integrity to speak out against hypocrisy and evil regardless of its origin. A refugee from the Holocaust who lost 27 members of his family to Nazism, and a committed leftist, he lived long enough to witness Hitler’s Big Lie resurface, including right here in the pages of the Camera’s letters to the editor and op-eds. Like I told a friend after the Holocaust museum attack, you know it’s anti-Semitism when the far-right and the far-left agree on one thing — that it’s all the fault of the Jews.
In honor of Arthur’s memory, it’s best to let his own words from 2006 speak for themselves:
“Many years ago, when I was young, the Left was an honorable antifascist movement. It fought racism, anti-Semitism, clerical obscurantism; it supported modernity, science, humanism. Today’s Left defends fascist thugs like Saddam Hussein and Islamo-fascist parties like Hamas and Hezbollah — parties that advocate returning to the Seventh century, and preach the most virulent form of anti-Semitism.
When I was young, men of the Left fought Fascism in Spanish trenches and on the beaches of Normandy; they would have been ashamed to shake a Nazi killer’s hand. Today’s Left activists preach Chamberlain’s gospel of appeasement, and Left guru Chomsky joins Hezbollah leader Nasrallah on Lebanese TV, shakes his hand and voices approval of his 12,000-rocket arsenal donated to Hezbollah by Iran’s mullahs for Israel’s destruction.
How low the Left has sunk since I was young.”
Goodbye, Arthur, I’ll miss you.